London bombing is reason to expand US travel ban

Saul Bowman
September 17, 2017

Washington, Sep 15 (PTI) US President Donald Trump today called British Prime Minister Theresa May after the London terror attack and pledged to continue "close collaboration" with the United Kingdom to stop attacks worldwide, the White House said.

Soon after 22 people were injured in the attack on a busy underground train in west London, Trump tweeted: "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist".

In a series of early-morning tweets, Trump called the explosion another attack "by a loser terrorist".

"Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner".

"The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!" he added, also giving no details.

"It keeps going and going, and we have to be very smart and we have to be very, very tough - perhaps we're not almost tough enough", Mr. Trump said in the Rose Garden.

The President used his third tweet about the attack to push his so-called Muslim travel ban in the U.S., saying it should be "far larger, tougher and more specific".

In May, British officials were furious after their USA counterparts leaked shared material about an investigation into a bomb attack at a concert by pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester which left 22 dead.

The president's intervention threatened to place fresh strain on the US-UK intelligence-sharing relationship, which has come under pressure a number of times since he entered the White House.

There were further fears over leaks of Friday's probe when "CBS This Morning" tweeted a photo of the improvised device, saying "A source close to investigation says the bucket contained explosive materials consistent with other recent terrorist incident". Most of the injuries were flash burns, London's Metropolitan Police said.

Trump concluded, "Must be proactive & nasty!"

Israeli officials, ministers and dignitaries were also quick to convey their support on social media.

Theresa May's former adviser Nick Timothy reacted to Trump's intervention by saying: 'This is so unhelpful from leader of our ally and intelligence partner'.

Although he confirmed he had been briefed on London, the President did not say whether that briefing happened before or after his tweets. Photos showing crime scene evidence appeared in US media; the bombing suspect's name was revealed while British officials were still withholding it. Trump said May was "very angry" over the leaks.

At an event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Trump said he offered prayers for London and said "radical Islamic terrorism it will be eradicated, believe me".

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